A County Durham school is celebrating after it has been nominated as one of the best in the UK.

King James I Academy in Bishop Auckland has been shortlisted as one of the best for Staff Wellbeing in the 2024 TES Schools Awards.

Dubbed the ‘Oscars of education’, the TES Schools Awards celebrate the best of education across the UK recognising teachers and schools from UK state and independent schools, across early years settings, primary and secondary education. 

The shortlist was compiled by a panel of notable judges, including school leaders and other educational experts.

The Northern Echo: Staff mental health and wellbeing group at the Bishop Auckland schoolStaff mental health and wellbeing group at the Bishop Auckland school (Image: KING JAMES I)

The schools and teachers they chose showcase the best educational practices across the sector across 21 award categories, covering all areas of school education.

Joanne Aitkin, Deputy Headteacher at King James, said: “Alongside our young people we ensure that the mental health and wellbeing of our staff is at the forefront of all we do so that we are able and ready to support each other. This reflects the Academy’s curriculum intent statement and core values.

"We are a learning community in which all ages meet to share and develop their talents and to promote mutual respect for all, whatever their age, gender, ability, background and beliefs.

"We recognise that a healthy workforce is more able to create a positive and inspiring learning environment for the children in our care, and being shortlisted for this award is a great achievement.”

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Jon Severs, Editor of Tes Magazine added: "Congratulations to all the shortlisted entries - the standard was so high this year despite the challenges schools face.

"It is critical we celebrate excellence and share it widely so we can ensure that the fantastic work happening in education is properly recognised."

Winners will be announced on June 21 at an awards night at the Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane, in London.